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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 2, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                WEDNESDAY AllStars in stretch run for state title See Sports Day Page 6 CENTS The old LCRA building 14 Pages in one section Wednesday August New Braunfels Herald Serving Comal County for more than 143 yea EL CASEY BRANDT Vol 143 No 188 Inside Sports Arts Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Wayne Korpi Wayne Effen berger Maria Perez Courtney Juarez Elaine Marie Villanue va 15 Crystal Juarez 15 Juan Gabriel Rojas 10 Cricket Rylas Rebecca C Alvarez Gilbert and Joyce Schaefer Casey Brandt and Vicki Silva Cruz River and aquifer information Comal River 274 cubicfeetper second up 4 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer feet above sea level down 03 Guadalupe River NA Have patience please The HeraldZeitung is in the process of bringing its new printing press online As a result as we work out some of the bugs in the system the paper may publish late some days for the next week or two Our readers patience while we get our new press running smoothly is appreciated Bicycle Rodeo Wednesday and Thursday Children bringing their bikes to this weeks Bicycle Rodeo will receive free bike helmets Participants in the Summer Recreation Program are eligi ble for the event The Bicycle Rodeo is at Lamar School Wednesday and Thursday at 2 Sponsors are McKenna Memorial Hos pital the Comal County Med ical Society the Optimist Club Parks and Recreation and the New Braunfels Police Depart ment Sports booster club to hold breakfast The New Braunfels High School All Sports Booster Club will have its membership kick off breakfast drive at New Braunfels High School cafete ria Aug 4 at 7 Breakfast tacos and coffee will be served For information call Jeff Mund at 6204839 or Danny Zoeller at 6252349 Family Outreach event Family Outreach volunteer appreciation dinner and instal lation of officers will be held at Gruene Mansion Inn Restau rant Thursday Aug 3 at 7 RSVPbyAug 1 to 6201299 Jaycees to gather New Braunfels Jaycees will meet Wednesday Aug 2 at Mr Gattis Pizza at 7 Call Sue Kplath at 6206349 for more information Friends of Library to meet The next regular meeting of the Friends of Dittlinger Library will be held Saturday Aug 5 at 10 at the library The next book sorting will be Tues day Aug 8 at 8 at Moyer ParkonHwy 81 E Fire Department Auxiliary to meet New Braunfels Fire Depart ment Auxiliary will hold a short business and social meeting at Fire Station on Loop 337 at 7 Monday Aug 7 Recycling participation at 47 percent By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer New Braunfels residents have beat en the national average in the percent of participation in recycling programs Municipal Marketing Manager for BFI Waste Systems Gabe Garcia said the latest numbers show that the aver age monthly participation in the recy cling program which began in January is about 47 percent He said this is above the national average which is in the neighborhood of 35 to 40 percent However you have to remember its just that an average Some neigh borhoods may be participating at clos er to 65 percent while others may be closer to 25 or 30 said Garcia City Manager Mike Shands said the city pays BFI a month to col lect the recyclables The company sells the items collected and the city receives half of the proceeds Shands said the checks the city receives from BFI have gone up from in January to in May One of the things we have working for us right now is that the price of recyclables is higher than when we first he said Garcia said the check amounts are higher than what was expected Overall the program is very suc cessful and nothing to be ashamed he said The city got into the program at I think a very good Even though the city is receiving the checks there is still a difference of that the city must gen erate to pay BFI To pay the company citizens are charged per month Of this four cents is put into a recy cling account to pay for related expens es such as bins posters and educa tional material Shands said the tipping fee the city is charged at the county landfill has not gone down even though the amount of trash has decreased Shands said this is due to several reasons which includes city growth trucks carrying lighter loads and charges being increased Shands said that although the fee the city is charged has gone up that increase was not passed on to rate payers Nobody expected this would break even and no one in their wildest dreams thought of this as a profit mak er Everyone knew going into this that it would cost the he said What we do save on is whats put in One of the things we have working for us right now is that the price of recy clables is higher than when we first Mike Shands the Dan Bump Vice President of Comal County Landfill said the amount of waste being brought in has increased He said the life span of the landfill was predicted to be years in Octo ber 1994 However after recent changes in law and in the amount of inflow the life span is now estimated at years Bump said the main reason for this is the rapid growth in the area Basically recycling hasnt offset the growth so the flow of waste into the landfill is actually he said But were always looking for ways to compact our operations and conserve the landfill Shands said that although the life span of the landfill is decreasing the citys program is still a success H0 said two indications that it is working is that the participation level is so high and the amount of trash being picked up by the city is decreasing Our employees are picking up less trash and taking it to the When you look at the issues it is very clear that the landfill is being con served by the city of New said Shands A HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL A worker staples up the underhang on a unit at the Grand Cypress Apartment Homes on the Guadalupe River Local economy expected to keep humming By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The economy in New Braunfels is doing well and continues to be on an uphill trend in terms of building and employment officials said The Greater New Braunfels Cham ber of Commerce released a list of economic predictors for New Braun fels and Comal County and according to Michael Meek the chamber presi dent the numbers look promising The trend is still up Were still good things are on the horizon for he said The number of single family build ing permits for the city saw an percent increase from June 1994 to June 1995 Last year 116 permits were issued During that same period this year 129 were issued The number of commercial indus trial and professional building per mits in the city also increased During the first part of last year eight permits were issued This year 39 permits were issued between January and June which was a percent increase The countywide numbers also looked strong The number of single family permits decreased from 309 to 306 this year which was a one per cent decrease However the county did have a 50 percent increase in the number of commercial industrial and professional permits from six last year to nine this year The numbers for the county are just about equaling last year and last year was a record breaking year Even the one percent decrease isnt much when you consider what it was last Meek said Sales tax collections for May have only changed slightly The citys sales tax collection increased by per cent The countys increased by percent Meek said this number used to be in the double figures However the tax has matured and the strengths are now showing up in other areas such as homes being built and new industries He also added that the impact of Target and Checks In The Mail would not be felt for several months Meek said another important num ber to look at is the number of visitor inquiries This number has increased by 13 percent from to He said these are important because the people come to town and buy things which influences the sales tax figure He said some also decide to reside here or purchase a vacation home here which further impacts the economy Its good to look at many different he said All these things are Meek said one final set of num bers to look at is employment in Comal County The percent of unem ployment for June 1995 is per cent which is up slightly from June of 1994 when it was percent Texas unemployment for June of 1995 is percent However the number of people in the labor force has increase by percent Meek said the fact that the unem ployment rate has not changed dras tically from one year to the next despite hundreds of recent high school graduates looking for jobs is a positive sign for the economy Five percent or below for unem ployment is considered full employ ment Our economy is absorbing these he said Meek said the future for the econ omy of the city and the county look promising He said the economy is very diverse and thats a key to any He said diversity helps because the future of an area is not tied too tightly to one industry If there is a downturn in one industry the remaining industries can still sup port the economy Thats vital for the survival of an said Meek Kahlig free on bond By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer A fire at a storage building on Old McQueeney Road Monday afternoon is under investigation and the man police arrested in connection to it is already out on bond New Braunfels Assistant Fire Chief Elroy Friesenhahn said the fire depart ment received the call for a structure fire shortly before 5 Monday When authorities arrived at the scene the oneroom storage facility was ful ly engulfed Friesenhahn said the fire fighters had some difficulty distin guishing the fire due to the fact that the room was full of combustible materi als such as wood tree trimmings and paper Witnesses told authorities they saw a man in a white truck leaving the scene Less than 10 minutes later the police stopped a vehicle fitting the description and picked up Gary he said Kahlig a former city council candi date was arrested and charged with attempted arson and unlawful carrying of a weapon Kahligs bond was set at for the two offenses He post ed bond and was released early Tues day afternoon County Attorney Nathan Rheinlander said the unlaw ful carrying of a weapon is a class A misdemeanor and should appear in the county courtatlaw However he said the county will probably defer to the district court Well let them file the felony charges and just tack on the misde meanor in the consideration stages Then depending on the outcome that we can file for the lesser he said Friesenhahn said the storage facility and the lot it was located on belonged to Kahlig However Kahlig went to court yesterday for a divorce settle ment with Katherine D Kahlig andhe is checking whether Kahligs wife was awarded the property where the fire occurred Friesenhahn said the cause of the fire has not yet been determined How ever he said he has about six officers involved in a full investigation and hopes he will have something to pre sent to the District Attorney before long Kahlig is also facing charges of dis orderly conduct with a firearm from a June 29 incident Kahlig allegedly parked his bicycle outside the county courthouse with a loaded AR15 assault rifle locked to the bike He was arrested while sitting in a courtroom where Judge Fred Clark was presiding Rheinlander said this charge is a class B misdemeanor which can carry a fine and 180 days in prison He said the case was scheduled to be heard in the county courtatlaw How ever he said Clark formally filed a motion which says he cannot hear the case due to a conflict of interest Rhein lander said the case was transferred to the District Court on Tuesday and is waiting arraignment It was just transferred and ijow were waiting for arraignment It shouldnt be to said Rheinlander Oak Run changes registration process Oak Run School in the New Braun fels Independent School District has made a slight change in its registra tion process which will give parents more time to register students Registration packets can still be picked up on Aug 3 between and However the return deadline has been pushed back The packets must be returned by Monday August 7 between and Oak Run principal Mike Fitsko the change should give students more time to get registered He said all other parts of the regis tration process have remained unchanged Helmuth Salge tapped to be Wurstfest Grosse Opa Each year the Wurstfest Association selects one of their members to serve as Grosse This honorary title meaning Big is bestowed upon a member for his loyalty dedication and willingness to participate The Grosse Opa serves as the official Spass Meister fun master and is responsible for demonstrating which means fun and fellowship in the German tradition Recently the board of directors unan imously approved the selection of Hel muth Salge to serve as the 1995 Grosse Opa according to Wurstfest President Title makes him the official Spass Meister for annual sausage festival as well Bob Smith Born in Guadalupe County Hel muth attended school in Clear Spring and graduated from New Braunfels High School in 1939 He enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1942 and spent almost 4 four years aboard ship in the South Pacific Upon his return to New Braunfels in 1946 he resumed his job at Commet Hosiery Mills That same year he met Doris Mang and they married in 1947 In 1955 Helmuth and Doris purchased a small business from the widow of Dau which they still operate today Helmuth is a past president of the New Braunfels Chamber of Com merce a member of the chambers ambassador group the Blue Coats and is a duespaying cardcarrying member of many social civic and fraternal orga nizations in the area He was baptized and confirmed at First Protestant Church as were his three children Helmuth has been an active member of the Wurstfest Asso ciation since 1981 Helmuth and Doris have two daugh ters one son and eight grandchildren who all live and work in the New Antonio area and enjoy the ten days of Wurstfest as a family Wurstfest is a nonprofit corporation designed to promote local commerce especially through tourism and to pre serve and promote the communitys heritage Dates for this years Wurstfest are Friday Nov 3 through Sunday Nov 12 Grosse Opa Helmuth Salge For subscription or advertising information call the HeraldZeitung at 6259144 m   

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